Career Technical Educator Shelley Andros has been honored with the 2021 Fourth District Women’s History Month Spotlight for encouraging her students to become high-achieving scholars, pursuing careers as engineers and horticulturalists.
Andros was recognized by Supervisor Doug Chaffee for inspiring her students and preparing them for college and the work force. Andros has taught horticulture, robotics and computer science at Buena Park and Beatty middle schools since 2017.
Andros also advises the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) sailing program and coordinated the District’s first VEX Robot Nation Tournament.
“Mrs. Andros is a proactive leader and educator at Buena Park School District,” Chaffee said. “Her contributions to the school’s horticulture program, robotics class and coding class have elevated the level of the District’s STEM courses, which will better prepare students for college and beyond.”
Chaffee also congratulated Andros on promoting inclusivity in STEM by creating and advising the Femineers program for female students in engineering.
“It is such an honor that Supervisor Chaffee spotlighted my work for our students at Buena Park,” Andros said. “My focus has always been on providing all my students with engaging content and activities to support the standards in the courses I teach.”
This year, Andros created a new virtual club called ‘Girls Who Code’ to showcase careers that students can pursue with coding skills and a mentor program that pairs female alumni with younger students for academic and social support.
Andros was also recognized as a California Teacher of the Year finalists, Buena Park School District Teacher of the Year, a 2021 Teacher of the Year by the Orange County Department of Education and one of the 2020 Top 10 Educators of Orange County by Parenting OC Magazine.
“We are very proud of Mrs. Andros for being recognized by Supervisor Chaffee for all of her hard work,” Superintendent Dr. Ramon Miramontes said. “Shelley is a beacon of inspiration for everyone in our District and her passion for teaching has no end. We are lucky to have her educating our students and making our District better with each passing day.”